Grenada Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Grenada

Where is it?: Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago

Why do people go here?: Home of the five spice girls, who churn out hits like no other: nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and mace. The island also boasts beautiful scenery and beaches galore, with some of the best fishing in the Caribbean.

What are the main entry points?: There are some small boats from nearby islands, but flights from the US or the UK into Saint George are the way to go.

Currency used: East Caribbean dollar (XCD)

Country Code: 1-473

Religion: Roman Catholic 53%, Anglican 13.8%, other Protestant 33.2%

Population: 100,000

Ethnic Breakdown: Black 82%, mixed black and European 13%, European and East Indian 5% , and trace of Arawak/Carib Amerindian

Government: Parliamentary Democracy under Constitutional Monarchy

Languages: English (official), French patois

Travel Information

Major Cities: Saint George’s

Attractions: Fishing, Spice, Saint George

Accommodation: Grenada Hostels

Tourism Office locations and links: Grenada- Tourist Board Carenage St. George, Grenada +1-809-440-2279, 2001;; FAX +1-809-440-2123;

Health Issues: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over 1 year of age coming from infected areas.

Tips for Visiting

When to go: Summer is the wet season, but August hosts Carnival, the island’s biggest event.

Specific Events/Holidays: Independence Day, 7 February (1974)

Getting Around: Bus it, mini style

Good to know: Book rooms far in advance of the August Carnival

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Grenada is the Point Salines International Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Grenada travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.


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